Green Economy minister, Nzovu, warns of crop failure, disruptions in power supply as drought threatens


Government has warned that drought might lead to crop failure and consequently food insecurity in the country during the 2023/2024 rain season.

Green Economy and Environment Minister, Collins Nzovu, expressed concern about the anticipated negative impact of drought in the country.

Nzovu said this in Lusaka on Friday when he and senior officials held a meeting with eight Ambassadors from the European Union (EU) to discuss issues of common interest on climate change, environment and forestry.

The Minister, however, assured that the government was doing everything possible to ensure that Zambians remain food secure.

He further said the drought was likely to lead to energy insecurity considering that there might be insufficient water levels to propel hydro power generation.

“Therefore, we need energy efficiency to ensure that energy deficit is not severe,” Nzovu said.

He reaffirmed government’s commitment to encourage investment and consumption of renewable energy.

The Minister thanked the EU and its Member States for their support to Zambia in various sectors.

EU Delegation Ambassador to Zambia and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Karolina Stasiak, said the meeting was a follow-up to the recently held Zambia-EU Dialogue meeting.

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“The meeting with MGEE was aimed at discussing climate change and environment, which is part of the common agenda between Zambia and the EU and its Member States,” Stasiak stated.

The EU Member States that participated in the meeting included Dr. Anne Wagner-Mitchell from Germany, François Goldblatt of France and Pavel Procházka from Czech Republic.

Others are Bronagh Carr of Ireland, Saana Halinen of Finland, Johan Hallenborg from Sweden and Dr. Enrico De Agostini from Italy as well as EU Deputy Head of Mission Petra Gasparova, EU Team Leader Matthias Reusing and EU Programme Manager Cristina Soriani.

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